FIVE LOCAL PLAYERS STILL ALIVE IN MICHIGAN AMATEUR

     They're down to the sweet 16 at the 92nd Michigan women's amateur golf championship being played this week at East Lansing's Walnut Hills Country Club.  One round of matches was played on Wednesday-- the field downsizing from 32 to 16.  Two rounds will be played Thursday leaving the final four ready for the semi-finals that will be played Friday morning before the final match Friday afternoon.

     Five greater Lansing players won on Wednesday.  The big match tomorrow morning features DeWitt High School senior to be Liz Nagel, the two time reigning state high school champ, against Holt's Julie Massa, who finished second after the 36-hole medal play qualifying.  Others still alive are MSU women's golf coach Stacy Slobodnik Stoll, Jennifer Domagalski of Okemos and DeWitt's Stephany Fleet, who is now a top player at Eastern Michigan University.

     Rich Rodriguez has finally ended the $4 million buyout controversy with his former school, West Virginia.  Rodriguez will give WVU $4 million-- but Michigan will pay $2.5 million of it, plus all legal costs, by the end of this month.  Rodriguez will then pay the remaining $1.5 million in three annual iincrements, beginning in 2010.  Of course Michigan could also cover that fee for him if it comes to the school wanting to keep the new coach extra happy.

     The demolition of Tiger Stadium in Detroit has finally begun, nearly nine years since the last major league game was played.  Two wrecking companies have equipment inside and trucks are hauling away debris.  How long it all takes remains to be seen and whether a portion is eventually saved is still unknown.  But since 1912, when it was called Navin Field, a baseball stadium has stood at Michigan and Trumbull Avenues and that's about to change in downtown Detroit.

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